What is CAT?

Common Admission Test or CAT is the national level management entrance exam conducted by Indian Institute of Management for admission to 20 IIMs and more than 100 B-schools across India. Around 2 lakh MBA aspirants take the test every year. CAT is a computer based test consisting multiple choice objective type questions from Quantitative Ability, V..Read More

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CAT Application Details

  • Candidates have to visit the official website to register by filling up personal information like name, date of birth, email address, country and mobile number.
  • Enter the captcha and click on ‘I Agree’ check box.
  • You will receive the login credentials – Login ID and Password through SMS and Email.
  • Login to the website by clicking on ‘Existing User’ tab.
  • Fill up the form with sections like Personal Details, Academics, Work Experience, Programmes.
  • Upload recent passport size photograph and signature in .jpg or .jpeg format, not exceeding 80 KB in the given dimensions, 35mm x 45mm for photograph and 80mm x 35mm for the signature.
  • NC-OBC/SC/ST/PWD-DA category candidates have to upload requisite attested certificates.
  • Select the IIM and programmes for admission.
  • Select any four test cities in terms of preference.


CAT Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Abled (DA) category) awarded by any recognized University or institute.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate within the stipulated date.


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CAT Exam Pattern

Mode of Exam: Online
Exam Format: Objective
Number of Sections: Three
CAT Exam Section Number of TopicsNumber of QuestionsSection Score
Quantitative Ability
Logical Reasoning And Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension
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CAT Exam Centers

CAT exam will be held at 137 centers across the country

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CAT Counselling Details

  • Candidates are shortlisted by IIMs and other participating institutes on the basis of CAT Cutoff. Some IIMs also consider past academic performance, work experience etc.
  • The shortlisted candidates have to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT)/Group Discussion (GD)/Group Activity (GA)/Extempore Activities and Personal Interview rounds.
  • Final selection is made on the basis of the cumulative scores of CAT, WAT/GD-PI rounds and other factors like overall candidate profile including past academic records, work experience, extracurricular activities, gender and academic diversity.
  • Older IIMs and non-IIM B-schools conduct separate selection procedure in multiple locations.
  • The new IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) where WAT-PI rounds are conducted by the selection committee of the new IIMs. IIMs declare separate shortlists and final selection list but the selection process is common.



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KAJAL PATIL 5 hours ago

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Can i get inside TAPMI or K J Somaiyya at following score in cat? overall 85.12 %. 69.87% in VA, 87.31 % in LR DI & 88.26% in QA. Pls help.

88% in 10th, 84% in 12th & 7.118 cgpa at undergrad.

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TAPMI high chances but k j SOMAYA low chances

Prachi Motwani 7 hours ago

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Prachi MotwaniLast Seen: 6 hours 3 min agoJoined on: 08-Jan-2018

Hi. I am confused regarding which colleges to apply for MBA. Can someone please guide me? My CAT percentile is 78%

I have scored 159 in NMAT and have appeared for XAT and CMAT. I am planning to give MAH CET too. I am a B.Com graduate from Mumbai University with 68%, 10th & 12th Maharashtra Board 84% and CA Inter c... Read More

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AZIM 6 hours ago

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AZIMLast Seen: 3 hours 46 min agoJoined on: 01-Aug-2017
U can apply before due date else u will get confused.
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Arnav Jain 8 hours ago

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Arnav JainLast Seen: 5 hours 44 min agoJoined on: 08-Dec-2017

Tips or a road map to prepare myself for VA and RC for CAT and other related exams to get the A, B, C as my college??

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AZIM 6 hours ago

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Practice and focus on the topic
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Veerain 9 hours ago

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VeerainLast Seen: 5 hours 4 min agoJoined on: 07-Jun-2013

I got 89.29 percentile in cat can i get admission in iim ahmadabad

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AZIM 6 hours ago

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90 - 95 % is the hope for IIM Ahmedabad

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Atit patel 15 hours ago

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Atit PatelLast Seen: 10 hours 35 min agoJoined on: 19-Jan-2018

Cut off for SRM in cat

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